Water Fund for water supply and soil conservation

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  • Water Fund to benefit conservation

    “The water fund mobilises people involved in water catchment conservation to use scientifically-proven methods to maintain a green infrastructure.”

    Fred Kihara, The Nature Conservancy’s Nairobi Water Fund

    Speed read

    • About 60 per cent of Nairobi’s residents lack access to a reliable water supply
    • A new water fund is expected to increase water supply and soil conservation
    • An expert says periodic checking of water quality could help know its impact

    A new project that aims to deliver sustained water supply to over 9.3 million people while conserving the environment has been launched today in Kenya.

    The project, known as Nairobi Water Fund, has been described as the first in Africa by its implementing partners, and is expected to generate US$21.5 million in long-term benefits to Kenyan consumers, farmers and businesses.

    It is being implemented through a public-private partnership led by The Nature Conservancy (TNC), which has its headquarters in the United States.

    According to TNC, 60 per cent of Nairobi’s residents lack access to a reliable water supply, with the problem expected to become worse through unpredictable rainfall resulting from climate change.

    “Water funds are founded on the principle that it is cheaper to prevent water problems at the source than it is to address them further downstream,” TNC adds.

    Read the full article: SciDevNet

Author: Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.

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